Brooklyn based lifestyle blog by Lauren L Caron

The Foyer: Plans for a Dramatic Welcome

CREATE, SPACESLauren Caron5 Comments

I've been thinking a lot about my entry way lately and its because I'm super excited about decorating it.  I settled on a wallpaper - I haven't finished saving up for it though because it's the Scalamandre black and yellow Zebra pattern, Scalamandre = $$$.  Wallpaper aside, I've been working on a plan for how to finish the rest of the room.  I'd like to break the small space into two separate parts.  The first, the entry 'moment' where as soon as we step in there is a spot to place our keys, hang our coats and drop the mail.

There's also a small cabinet for mine, Jack's and Rita's things, along with a drawer for menus. I used it in the past place and it still needs a paint job, any suggestions?

The next part of the room is the work/decorative/entertainment place that is anchored around the desk Jack built.  I plan to use this as desk for my home office needs as well as have it look a like a pretty dry bar at parties or the typical console table for the rest of the time.  Now, all of these 'looks' will rely mainly on styling and I know that's how I'll be able to pull the room together.

For inspiration I've gathered my favorite examples of well styled entryway tables.

Betsy Burnham Design from House Beautiful

Apartment Therapy House Tours- Minh & Ted

2010 ASO Showhouse contemporary entry
The Olivers House eclectic living room
Glenn Gissler Design contemporary entry
These inspiration images may seem to be across the board from traditional to modern styles but they all tend to follow a similar formula, which is what I will try to follow within my design.  The main elements being: Table or Desk to ground the composition, a decorative mirror or significant artwork hung centrally above the table, a flower or floral arrangement, stack of books, smaller decorative objects, often a large lamp to balance the composition, and lastly there is sometimes a chair place next-to or nearby.

For anyone who is looking, I would definitely recommend Michael S. Smith and David Easton's books - they have so many beautifully styled console, and entry tables.

Michael S. Smith - Elements of Style

David Easton- Timeless Elegance